This, the first edition of The book of common prayer, is sometimes referred to as The first prayer book of Edward VI. It is one of several editions printed in 1549, two others having been issued by Whitchurch himself, three by Richard Grafton, and one (in Worcester) by John Oswen
Colophon: Imprinted at London in Fletestrete, at the sign of the Sunne ouer against the conduyte, by Edvvarde VVhitchurche. The seuenth daye of Marche, the yeare of our Lorde, 1549
Title within woodcut border incorporating royal arms and printer's initials--cf. McKerrow & Ferguson. Title-page borders 68
STC (2nd ed.)
Benton, J.H. The Book of common prayer
Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) copy bound by Francis Bedford in brown goatskin tooled in blind and gilt. Blank leaves ([superscript pi]A8 and ¶4) wanting. Text annotated throughout in an early hand, with underlines, manicules, headings, and marginal notes. Endpaper leaf from previous binding tipped-in at front, with early inscription in the hand of Bishop Nathaniel Crew: "N.B. This is so great a curiosity I apprehended [the] value of it to be at least ten Guineas." Tipped on to the same leaf is a letter from Kenneth F. Gibbs, dated June, 1905. Auctioneer's description laid on to the front pastedown, with the armorial bookplate of William Gott and a provenance inscription signed by Gott. Also housed with this copy is a letter to Josiah Benton from E. W. Ernst and a manuscript note regarding the history of The book of common prayer.
For further information regarding the provenance of this item, see Muss-Arnoldt, William. "Maneant sua data libellus: a protest and a plea." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, vol. 13, pt. 1, pp. 137-139.